PERHAPS THERE IS A GOD AFTER ALL!

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    Mar 16, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    That was the headline blazed across the Sun Newspaper (UK) one Spring morning in 2006.
    It was referring to England striker Wayne Rooney who had fractured his ankle a little earlier, ruling out his chances to playing for England in the 2006 World Cup.
    (And for the record, I dislike soccer so much, being bad at it at school, I can't even remember where the venue was for 2006. Let the reader remind me).
    The media appealed for the nation to pray for Rooney to recover sufficiently to make back into the team. If I recall, it was even referred to as THAT FOOT!
    Apparently, God answered their prayer, because Rooney's foot healed rapidly enough not only to make it into the team, bur also astounded the doctors treating him.
    Unfortunately for the England fans, God did not answer their prayers to the extent of victory, and the escorting of the trophy to London. Instead, it headed for Rome, after being won by Italy.
    Now history has repeated itself. Now it is the turn of David Beckham, who tore his achilles tendon last week, eliminating all hopes of playing in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. (for the American reader, you may be more familiar with Beckham. He played for Los Angeles until recently.)
    So then, will God perform another miracle the second time round?
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    Mar 16, 2010 9:20 PM GMT
    no, no healing for beck. God doesn't quite like posh. so beck is SOL
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    Mar 16, 2010 10:50 PM GMT
    Maybe a star-studded high profile laying on of hands by a group of celebrities will help.
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:07 AM GMT
    I find it a specious argument when getting whatever unlikely outcome you prayed for (maybe 1 times out of every 10) is taken as obvious 'proof' of god, but somehow the other 90% of the time when you don't get what you prayed for-- even if that outcome would have been far more likely-- isn't taken as obvious proof for the absence of god. Cherry-picking evidence is just exercising a confirmation bias.
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    Mar 17, 2010 3:24 AM GMT
    While I was sure that there was nothing that was going turn this atheist into a believer, when seeing the title of this thread I at least expected more convincing evidence than this.
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    Mar 17, 2010 4:15 AM GMT
    McGay saidMaybe a star-studded high profile laying on of hands by a group of celebrities will help.


    the purpose is to heal the now damaged leg, not have the other one damaged.
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    Mar 17, 2010 11:02 PM GMT
    Actually I don't think I presented my point well in the OP.
    The point I was trying to get across was the mass hysteria shown by the whole nation via the media about one single player and his injured foot. This was even above the day-to-day activities of the Government in running the country, and other issues that would have been more relevant to us.
    One man and his foot, which had been exalted to the realm of divinity.
    That was how the English saw it - notwithstanding that there were ten other players in the team, and three or four more substitutes. It goes to show how easily one is shunted to divine status with practically no regard for the other team players.
    The English are, as a nation, very agnostic with many atheists, with no regard for God whatever - except when it suits them.
    With David Beckham, are we going to see this mass hysteria again?
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    Mar 18, 2010 12:12 AM GMT
    NotThatOldThe point I was trying to get across was the mass hysteria shown by the whole nation via the media about one single player and his injured foot.

    "The medium is the message"--Marshall McLuhan

    Sounds similar to the "mass hysteria shown by the whole nation via the media" here regarding Tiger Woods and his marital infidelities... icon_rolleyes.gif
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